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Awhile back, Amanda and I were chatting about my super old cookbook collection. Since she seemed interested — and I have nothing else worth talking about today — I figured I’d show you a really old cookbook.

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What’s the story with this cookbook?

Betty Crocker’s New Dinner for Two Cook Book was written in 1964. It came to my kitchen from my mother who got it from my grandmother. Which, if you knew her, you’d think is really funny because the big joke was always that she didn’t cook. Realistically, she must have cooked — she had 6 kids, after all.

Whether my grandmother cooked or not, this is still a really nifty book. I’m really into the fact that Betty Crocker sets everything up as complete meal plans. I mean, sure, I might not pair “Noodle Ring with Crab Meat Romanoff” with “Asparagus Tips with Mayonnaise” but some people think that’s delicious.

Hands down the best page in the book.

Hands down the best page in the book.

What’s the best part of this cookbook?

The most entertaining part of this cookbook for me has been the major differences between how people ate back in the day and the present. For example, veal — that tasty, tasty, baby protein that is such a fine dining thing today — is a suggested meal option for “young couples on a budget.”

On Tuesdays, we eat veal.

On Tuesdays, we eat veal.

Can anyone (practically) use this cookbook?

You know you want this "puffy omelette."

You know you want this “puffy omelette.”

That depends. How much do you like mayonnaise? Because if you like mayonnaise a lot, you’ll love this cookbook. If you’re like Kendra and think mayonnaise ruins sandwiches and happiness, then you probably won’t find much worth eating.

Nevertheless it’s a cool way to get a first hand look at what life was like in 1964.

Regional favorites that you have never heard of.

Regional favorites that you have never heard of.

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I wish our weeknight dinners looked this elegant.

I wish our weeknight dinners looked this elegant.

I want to have a buffet that looks like this.

I want to have a buffet that looks like this.

Old people, take note! Betty's got you covered.

Old people, take note! Betty’s got you covered.

Tasty, tasty, tasty.

Tasty, tasty, tasty.

What do you want to see next? Depression-era recipes, a cookbook from the 1980s, a cooking school manual from 1930 or 1970s floral arrangements?

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